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Man v machine: where to do reformer pilates in Manchester

8 months ago

Once niche, now mainstream, reformer pilates has taken off in a big way. We’re approaching double figures for reformer pilates studios in Manchester, and doubtless there’s more to come.

A fitness trend doesn’t grow like this unless it does something significant, either to your mood or your fitness level. Reformer pilates fans say it impacts positively on both, and to a greater degree than a mat-based pilates class.

If you’re wondering what the difference is, reformer pilates is practised on a reformer or ‘pilates bed’: a long, flat resistance machine with weights and straps that add intensity to the moves. It takes a few classes to get familiar with the machine, but once you do, it brings an element of fun and flow to pilates. That and some next-level muscle burn. Want to try it? Check out the reformer pilates studios listed below.


  • healthy food and smoothie at The Green Lab Northern Quarter
    Northern Quarter

    The Green Lab

    Restaurant - Healthy

    Founded in May 2019 by Manchester sisters Nikita and Kanika, The Green Lab is described as a health and well-being lifestyle store. Upstairs it’s a cafe specialising in juices and salads, while downstairs, it’s a health studio, called The Health Lab, which focuses mainly on reformer pilates.

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  • Physiotherapist demonstrating a reformer pilates machine at Poise Reformer Pilates in Chorlton, Manchester

    Poise Reformer Pilates

    Therapeutic Services

    This studio on the edge of Chorlton offers one-to-one physio-led pilates sessions from experienced physiotherapist Liz Wright.

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  • A reformer pilates class at Re:Sculpt Studios on Chapel Street, near Manchester city centre

    RE:SCULPT Studios


    RE:SCULPT Studios opened on Chapel Street in spring 2023 with the promise of offering a high-intensity, extra hard-working form of reformer pilates. The difference is in the type of reformer beds they use apparently, and in the format of their 45-minute classes.

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  • Man demonstrating a lunge on a reformer pilates machine at Runway Pilates Manchester
    Book Now Northern Quarter

    Runway Pilates Manchester


    Once a niche, LA-based fitness trend, reformer pilates looks set to become mainstream. There are at least three studios dedicated to it in Manchester city centre alone now – including this one, Runway Pilates Manchester, which opened in the Northern Quarter in 2022.

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  • The studio at Sculpt in Haus - a reformer pilates studio in Manchester city centre.
    Manchester City Centre

    Sculpt in Haus


    Sculpt in Haus was one of the first reformer pilates studios to open in Manchester. Owner Amy Hughes brought the idea back from a research trip to LA when it was just taking off as a fitness trend.

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